Twelve months of celebrating and promoting co-operation in science and technology between the EU and Russia, the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014, kicks off at an event in Moscow today.
Throughout the next year, about 200 events across Russia and in EU member states will highlight joint achievements, successes, and the potential for future co-operation in research, innovation and higher education.
Some of those events will be dedicated events, others will include a strong focus and/or special sessions on EU-Russia co-operation on science and technology.
The EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 involves scientists, innovators, enterprises, and research organisations, as well as the greater public.
The timing of the Year of Science falls in conjunction with key related events in 2014, including, the launch of the new European Union research framework programme Horizon 2020, the renewal of the EU-Russia Science and Technology Agreement, the launch of the Russian State Programme, and the Federal Targeted Programmes for R&D.
These programmes provide the basis for a new balanced relationship in science, technology and innovation based on shared responsibility through co-funding and programme-level co-ordination, according to the European Commission.
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